Introducing The BC.CV Project: Why I’m Making Resumes For Historical Figures

Every day, millions of people communicate in a unique dialect that goes unnoticed by most linguists. I’m talking, of course, of Resume-speak — a self-aggrandizing dialect of buzzwords and action verbs to which we now inevitably turn in the hopes of presenting the best, most employable version of ourselves. Every accomplishment becomes an act of quantifiable heroism in a cosmic struggle to hit quarterly revenue goals, satisfy customers, or launch new products. While the dramatic retelling of professional experience is an understandable byproduct of how employers and job-seekers interact, it also seems cynical (and in some cases, absurd) to describe mundane accomplishments in such lofty terms.

All of this got me thinking about the handful of people whose momentous acts, discoveries, and ideas actually shaped the course of history. These people also led, managed, designed, collaborated, liaised, and perhaps worked cross-functionally to achieve key objectives. They too were passionate problem-solvers, although generally in fields other than email marketing. What would their resumes look like? Where would they fit in today’s savvy, polished corporate workforce? Faced with such questions, the only good and right and moral choice was to start The BC.CV Project (Before the Common CV). Thanks for reading!